DU COTE DE LA COTE

DU COTE DE LA COTE (ALONG THE COAST)(THE RIVIERA: TODAY’S EDEN)

(director/writer: Agnes Varda; cinematographers: Quinto Albicocco/Raymond Castel; editor: Henri Colpi/Jasmine Chasney; music: Georges Delerue; cast: Roger Coggio, Anne Olivier, Jacopo Nizi (narrators); Runtime: 25; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Anatole Dauman/; Janus; 1958-France-in French with English subtitles)

“Visually lush documentary on the French Riviera.”

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

Agnes Varda(“Le Bonheur”/”The Gleaners and I”/”Cleo from 5 to 7”) helms this visually lush documentary on the French Riviera. The New Wave French filmmaker, now 87-years-old, paints a sarcastic view of the Riviera as a place of Eden. It features tourists, historic buildings, parks, gardens and beaches.

The director, using 3 narrators (Roger Coggio/Anne Olivier/Jacopo Nizi) to voice her tongue-in-cheek comments, pokes gentle fun at the summer vacationing bourgeois while giving us an abbreviated history lesson of the south of France.

It also features a look at merry-making tourists during the annual carnival, a shot of Henri Matisse’s grave, the mostly yellow and blue hats worn by the wannabe fashionable lady tourists and shows us the hotel where Emile Zola honeymooned.

Du côté de la côte (1958)

REVIEWED ON 3/11/2015 GRADE: A-